Greetings Star Seeds!
It is safe to say that I have been stalked lately by the word Paradox. It has come up too many times to ignore it. Last night, when I chose 4 divination cards, the word paradox was in 3 of the messages. OK I'm paying attention. The definition I resonated with is "paradox is something that seems self-contradictory, but upon closer investigation can reveal deeper truths." I have personally been dancing with a lot of questions about the direction of my path and the way forward. What has been feeling like a lot of work, and lots of obstacles and feeling submerged in the watery depths of emotional turmoil, fleeting glimpses of clarity and vacillation between floating down the river of life and being pulled under by a current that spins me in another direction. Often within the same day! The shit is getting stirred up in all areas of my life. And rather than answers I am drowning in questions. After contemplating the divination cards, an insight followed...OH! This is what Jupiter in Scorpio in my first house is offering me. Jupiter, the planet of expansion entered Scorpio, sign of composting, letting go, alchemy and transformation. And for me it is happening in my first house of self-identity.
For the last couple years I have been on a journey to invoke a template of ease, joy, grace and play as the overarching theme in my life and to help facilitate these attributes for my clients. The dismantling of the previous patterns that I had been indoctrinated in that revered structures based on striving, struggle, surviving and suffering weren't about to be ushered out without a fight. As we unravel that which we are outgrowing and wish to shift, the release process brings up all the unhealed parts, all the wounds, all the fragments. We dip and dive and wonder if the dance is worth it. I'm here to tell you it is. The butterfly can't remain in the cocoon, even if it feels safe and warm.
Life rarely follows a linear line. Being one who is aligned with a more circular approach to things, I have always searched for hidden truths. Often we have to take steps that seem paradoxical in order to move forward. At times we need to go into the darkness to retrieve the fragments of light that can only be found there. Sometimes we have to leave to find our way back home. Do not fear this. Do approach the shadows with love. Remember that everything we seek is within us and we are receiving exactly what we need at the perfect time. Even if it is the opposite direction of where we think we need to be going. So if you are experiencing any of these energies, allow them the space to shower you with their wisdom and blessings, even if it feels like you are being stripped of everything. That may be the very thing you need to be who you are meant to be.
With Infinite Love and Gratitude, Claudia
On Feb 19 we entered the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, ruled by Neptune. Ah the Piscean dream where our preferences can lean toward non-ordinary reality states, the past, the future, dream time, day-dream time, waking dream time. The encouragement is to balance these leanings with embodiment and being present. The symbol for Pisces is two fish, moving in flow around each other, like the yin and yang. Consider that one is submerged in the unconscious realms, while its partner emerges and offers the information from the deep to make it conscious. It is the mutable water sign that invites us to dive into subconscious matters, float into unknown waters to mine them for learnings and guidance so that we can surf the emotional realms with awareness of the beyond.
Pisces, ruler of the 12th house, arrives on the heels of another completion as we are also emerging from the portals of the last two eclipses. This period may bring the light of insight to what was previously hidden. May we swim in reverie, and be anchored in our bodies. To honor this time, take a bath, soak your feet (the body part that corresponds to Pisces), visit the ocean or an aquarium, activate your inner mer-person, start a dream journal, be willing to go a little deeper into connection with others, listen to your intuition and psychic stirrings, play with divination tools, symbols and archetypes, and keep wonder and imagination alive!
Add contemplation and meditation during this Piscean month in order to feel well-resourced before the fiery, forward moving energies of Aries light our way. To balance the Pisces shadow, may we be aware of the ways we engage in escapism. Above all practice compassion, which begins with the self. If inclined toward herbal concoctions, those that correspond to the sign of Pisces are: basil, lemon balm, borage and sage. A beautiful way to honor this time is to make or take a flower essence, use them in cooking, or brew some tea with these herbs. The Piscean affirmation is "All is One".
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.